The Punch House

The former Punch House in the 1960sThis building is now 13 Market Square (currently Aston Kitchens). It is a 2-bay 3-storey building, rebuilt c.1860. Originally it was part of the Old Crown next door (q.v. for the layout of the original building); the huge chimney shown in the 1843 plan was part of the central chimney which survives in the Old Crown. It was separated from it in the 17th century. There was originally a free-standing kitchen at the rear which would have served the combined building. The Punch House was primarily a wine and spirit merchant's until it was sold in 1829. After that it was only intermittently a public house, and after 1860 it became a private dwelling closely associated with the draper's next door. We don't know what the original building looked like at the front. The photo above, from the 1960s, shows the Victorian house, painted white.

1690, 19 June: Winslow Manor Court
The future Punch House seems to be the messuage of John Robinson (who was a tailor) in the following transaction:
William Gyles sr and Benjamin Griffin and Ann his wife [William's daughter] surrendered a messuage in Winslowe, William Firth's messuage north, John Robinson's south, with 2 stables and liberty of entering etc. in and from the yard belonging to William Gyles' messuage called The Crowne to and from the Pump [antlia] now standing in the yard. To the use of Joseph Gyles of Winslowe Hatter and Mary his wife, they being at a quarter of the expense for the repair of the pump. Rent 6d, fine 10s.

The following entries probably refer to the Punch House, but as the Halls owned several properties it isn't certain:

1759: Manor court
Samuel Norman (of Henley upon Thames) surrendered a messuage in Winslow now in the occupation of John Spratley with Barn and Stable. To the use of James Hall of Winslow Gentleman. Fine 5s.

1776-78: Manor court
This property is referred to as "the messuage of John Hall in the occupation of John Dudley".

1781: Manor court
James Hall late of Winslow [blank], who held by rent of [blank] messuage in Winslow formerly in the occupation of John Spratley now of John Hall with barn and stable, died since the last court.  John Hall of Winslow [blank] is his only son and heir and desires to be admitted.  Fine [blank]

1781: Fire insurance
John Hall of Winslow bricklayer
On his now dwelling house stable and barn adjoining £100

1782: Manor court
Conditional surrender for £50 by John Hall of Winslow Bricklayer on 27 Oct 1781 to Thomas Ludgate of Swanbourne Dairyman
Messuage in Winslow late in the occupation of James Hall now of John Hall with the Barn and Stable.


1788, 20 & 21 October, Manor court rolls (Centre for Bucks Studies D 82/2/168)
Surrender:  John Hall of Winslow bricklayer
Admission:  Richard Seaton of Winslow brandy merchant
All that copyhold Messuage or Tenement situate standing and being in Winslow aforesaid formerly in the occupation of Samuel Norman afterwards of B enjamin Dudley now of Richard Seaton brandy merchant

1790-1805: Alehouse recognizances
No sign: Richard Seaton


1807: Northampton Mercury, 29 Aug

To  Be  L E T T,
And entered upon immediately,
An old-established and well-accustomed HOUSE, in the above Trade, known by the Name of the PUNCH-HOUSE, eligibly situated in the Centre of the MARKET-PLACE, in WINSLOW, Bucks.

The above is a very desirable Situation, being in full Trade; is now, and has been for about twenty Years last past, in the Occupation of Mr. Richard Seaton, the Proprietor, who is now desirous of retiring from Business, having acquired a Competency for that Purpose by the above Trade.
To take to the Stock, &c, (which is expected) will require about £500.
For further Particulars, and to treat for the same, apply to Mr. SEATON, on the Premises; or Mr. CHARLES WILLIS, Solicitor, Winslow,
Winslow, 20 August, 1807.


1810: Alehouse recognizances
Punch House: William Walker


1811: Northampton Mercury, 2 Feb

Wine and Liquor Trade
Punch-House, Winslow, Bucks

William Walker returns his most grateful thanks to the inhabitants of the Town of Winslow and its Vicinity, and others, for the very liberal Support be experienced in the said Trade , during his occupying the above House, and begs leave to inform them, he has now disposed of his Business to Mr William Jones, whom he humbly recommends to all his late Customers and the Public.

All Persons who have any Demand on the said William Walker, are requested to send the Particulars thereof to him, that the same may be immediately discharged; and all persons indebted to the said William Walker, are required to pay the Amount of their respective Debts to him or Messrs Wyatt & Willis, Solicitors, Winslow, who are duly authorized to receive the same.

William Jones avails himself of this of this opportunity respectfully to Inform the Customers of his Predecessors, Mr Richard Seaton and Mr William Walker, and the Public in general, of his having recently purchased and entered upon the above old established House, where he intends carrying on the Wine and Liquor Trade, Wholesale and Retail, and humbly requests a Continuance of the Favours so liberally bestowed on them, to merit which he is determined to use his utmost Endeavours, and to furnish them with Wines and Liquors of superior Qualities, and on the most reasonable Terms.

Prime London Porter now on Sale in any Quantity.


1811, 28 Oct: Manor court rolls (CBS D 82/3/397)

Surrender:  Richard Seaton gent and Elizabeth his wife
Admission:  William Jones of Winslow Brandy Merchant

Consideration £320

All that Messuage or Tenement situate standing and being in the Market Square of Winslow aforesaid for some years last past called or known by the Name of the Punch House formerly occupied by Samuel Norman afterwards of Benjamin Dudley late by the said Richard Seaton and William Walker and now by the said William Jones.


Alehouse recognizances
1815: Punch House: William Jones
1820-28: Punch House: Susan Hill widow

1824: Trade directory
J. Hill, wine merchant, Market Place


1829, 26 Oct: Manor court rolls (CBS D 82/4/500)

Surrender:  William Jones of Winslow brandy merchant
Admission:  David Thomas Willis of Winslow gentleman

Consideration £160

All that Messuage or Tenement situate standing and being in the Market Square of Winslow aforesaid for some years last past called or known by the Name of the Punch House formerly occupied bv Benjamin Dudley since by Richard Seaton and William Walker respectively afterwards of the said William Jones late by Susannah Hill widow and now unoccupied to which premises the said William Jones was admitted 28 October 1811 on the surrender of Richard Seaton and Elizabeth his wife.


1829, 29 Oct: Manor court rolls (CBS D 82/4/501)

Surrender:  David Thomas Willis
Admission:  James Field of Ashley Green Chesham farmer

Consideration £250


1841: Census
Market Square
Henry Jenings, painter, aged 30, and family

1842-4: Pigot's Directory
Inns and Public Houses
Punch Bowl: Henry Jennings, Market Square

The name "Punch Bowl" was also used on the 1843 plan (see below), but everywhere else it was called "Punch House"..


1844, 28 Oct: Manor court rolls (CBS D 82/5/483)

Admission of John Brown of Tring Herts brewer and Frank John Moore of Northchurch Herts Esq (Trustees of James Field of Chesham Bottom yeoman deceased)

[admitted to The Plough] And also all that Messuage or Tenement situate and being in the Market Square of Winslow aforesaid for some years last past called or known by the name of the Punch House formerly in the occupation of Benjamin Dudley since by Richard Seaton and William Walker respectively afterwards by William Jones late by Susannah Hill widow and now of the said James Field admitted 26 October 1829 on the surrender of David Thomas Willis.


1851: Census
Market Square

Thomas Lomath Head married 64 Shoe Maker b. Winslow
Mary do Wife married 64 Shoe Maker's wife b. Ottery St Mary, Devon
Thomas Dickens Grandson   10 Scholar b. Winslow
Rosetta do Grandson   7 Scholar b. Winslow
Robert Dingley Lodger married 26 Plate Layer b. Berkswell, Warws
Sarah do Lodger married 29 Plate Layer's wife b. Berkswell, Warws

1860: 7 Jan, Bucks Herald
Sale advert
THE PUNCH-HOUSE, in the Market Square, let to Mr Thomas Lorkin, and the PLOUGH Public-House, with out-offices attached, at the western entrance to the town, let to Mr. William Roads. The property is Copyhold of the Manor of Winslow, subject to trifling fines and quit rents. Early possession may be had if required.

The plan on the right shows the layout of the building in 1843. George Cross, draper at 15 Market Square, evidently bought the Punch House and rebuilt it as a private house for his business partner. After George Cross died, his daughters moved to no.13 and John Hathaway went to no.15.


1861 Census
Market Square

John Hathaway Head married 45 Draper b. Bourton on the Hill, Gloucs
Ann M. do Wife married 40 Draper's wife b. Marylebone
Mary Hemmings Mother in law widow 70 Scholar b. Berkshire
Alfred J. Hathaway Son   3 Scholar b. Charlbury, Oxon
Walter H. do Son   2 do do
Ann Williams Servant unm 22 General servant b. Berkswell, Warws

1871 Census
Market Square

Ann Cross Head unm 45 Landowner b. Winslow
Mary do Sister do 22 do do
Charlotte do do do 21 do do
Ann E. Moore Servant do 14 General servant (domestic) b. Ludgershall, Bucks

1881 Census
Market Square

James C. Hawley Head married 30 Grocer (master partner) [see 6 High St] b. Winslow
Emily do Wife do 23 do wife b. Moreton in Marsh, Gloucs
Winifred M. do Daughter unm 11 m   b. Winslow
Harriett White Servant do 20 General servant (domestic) b. Gawcott
Selina Edwin do do 14 Nurse (domestic) b. Winslow

1881, 31 Oct: Manor court rolls (CBS D 82/8/8)

Surrender: James Hughes of Oxford gent, Mary Cross of Mursley spinster, Charlotte Cross of Mursley spinster
Admission: William Henry French

All that Messuage or Tenement situate and being in the Market Square of Winslow aforesaid late in the occupation of John Hathaway since of Ann Cross now unoccupied and sometime since erected by George Cross upon the site of a messuage or tenement which was surrendered to him by the Trustees under the will of the late James Field deceased

James Hughes Mary Cross and Charlotte Cross admitted 28 Oct 1864 as devisees of George Cross.


1885, 9 Nov: Manor court rolls (CBS D 82/8/202)

Surrender: William Henry French
Admission: George James Starkey of Winslow gent

Consideration: £335

All that Messuage or Tenement situate and being in the Market Square of Winslow aforesaid late in the occupation of John Hathaway since of Ann Cross and then of the Rev John Riordan


1887, 7 Nov: Manor court rolls (CBS D 82/8/272)

Admission of Mrs Sarah Starkey widow of George James Starkey late of Winslow gent deceased

All that Messuage or Tenement situate and being in the Market Square of Winslow aforesaid late in the occupation of John Hathaway since of Ann Cross and the Rev John Riordan afterwards of the said George James Starkey and now of the said Sarah Starkey his widow.

George and Sarah Starkey were the uncle and aunt of Augustine Stevens of no.15, with whom they were living in 1881.

1891 Census
Market Square

Sarah Starkey Head Widow 72 Living on own means b. Marston St Lawrence, Northants
George Baldwin Lodger Single 50 Retired Draper b. Winslow
Mary Adkins Servant do 17 General Servant do

1901 Census
Market Square

Sarah Starkey Head Widow 82 Living on own means b. Greatworth, Northants
George Baldwin Brother [sic] Single 59 do b. Winslow
Florence Mary Stevens Niece Single 41 Hosiery & Vest Knitter on own account b. Water Stratford
Ann Turney Servant Single 49 General Servant (domestic) b. Hollingdon, Bucks

1911 Census
Market Square, 7 rooms

Sarah Starkey Head Widow 92 Private means b. Greatworth, Northants
Augustine George Stevens Nephew Married 53 Commercial traveller, silk neckwear b. Water Stratford
Annie Gallard Stevens Niece Married 25 years, 2 children 53   b. Winslow